Shake what your momma gave you

Getting your body moving is a great way to improve your mood, and getting a little exercise throughout your day doesn’t hurt either. Fitting in some simple movement is much easier than people realize.

Too many people focus on exercise as being a structured work out, but really all you need to do is get moving. Taking a walk, playing with your children, or going for a swim will do just fine. At the office, make a point of getting up from your desk. There are all kinds of ‘desk exercises’ and stretching instructions available online, such as these tips from wikiHow . Print your document at a printer on another floor, and take the stairs to go retrieve it. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. Park your car at the far end of the lot and enjoy the longer walk to and from the building.

A fun way to get the serotonin pumping is to dance. Dancing is such a versatile activity:

You can dance alone, with a friend, or with a whole group of people.

You don’t need any special equipment, just a little music.

You can do it anywhere, any time. (Well, almost. Dancing in the shower could be dangerous!)

Dancing allows you to let loose, maybe get a little crazy, and you can be very creative. Go to a club with a group of friends, or take a ballroom dancing class. One of my favourite ways to take in this activity is by dancing around the house, alone. I put on some great songs, turn up the stereo, and just go for it. I’m sure anyone watching would wonder what got into me, but who cares! You don’t have to have the ‘best’ moves. Give it a try some time and you will find the feeling of freedom you get from moving around to the great music playing will lift your spirits in no time. Doing a little ‘shaking’ while vacuuming, folding laundry, or washing the dishes makes the task a little more enjoyable too. You can find all sorts of ways to do a little exercise without any real challenge to fit a workout into your day, and you will feel better for your efforts.

So crank up your favourite tunes from your playlist and get moving!

 

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